A Quick Kitchen Switch

The last time I blogged about our kitchen, it looked like this:

Progress Kitchen

I had added a cart for extra storage and counter space, our own open shelving, and pretty baskets for storage. But… the outdated pulls still remained.

Kitchen before hardware switch

Don’t get me wrong. I have full heartedly jumped on the gold trend bandwagon, but these will always look dated. With splashes of paint on the edges, these will always be an eyesore.

Kitchen pulls 2

I had been planning on swapping them out for a while, and when I saw a set of six pulls for 16 bucks at Target this past weekend, I was sold!

Silver pulls and open shelves

I finally tried using our drill for this project, and I. Loved. It. How have I gone so long without using power tools? Way faster, easier, and so much more fun! With a tiny kitchen like ours, the whole thing took less than an hour.

Care for some before and afters?

Gold pulls

Silver pulls

They may not be as trendy as some new modern brass ones would be, but I just wanted some basic ones to streamline our basic white cabinets. Don’t they just look so much cleaner?

Crate and barrel baskets

Baskets and silver pulls

So, once again, here’s how our kitchen looked shortly after move in day…

Kitchen Before

And here it is now!

Kitchen with new pulls

(You may have noticed our white and yellow striped rug has disappeared… My puppy ate it. Doesn’t it sound like a cliche homework excuse? I was not impressed.)

It’s cleaner, less dated, and a little more me. Eventually I’ll add in some contrast colours… I’m leaning towards a warm grey accent wall like this one. What do you think?


The Red and White Megastore: Is Target Really All It’s Worked Up To Be?

Oh hello my fellow Canadians! This post is especially intended for you (or any others who wonder what all the fuss is about).

It seems like the major contenders I hear about in the design realm of blogland are popping up in Canada. West Elm, Crate and Barrel and now Target. It was impossible not to see their signs popping up around the city boasting messages like this one:

It honestly made the university student part of me feel vaguely uncomfortable, like it was just another wave of Americanization sweeping over our country (which, I suppose, it is).

However, I wasn’t strong enough to resist. Those marketing specialists have done exceedingly well for themselves… News about their Threshold line has been popping up all over my Pinterest boards and reader feed for months now!. Amazing deals, modern and stylish accessories for your home… I admit I was more than curious.

Clearly, when I found out they were coming to Vancouver, I was dying to go. This weekend I made the trip back out the suburbs to shop. (Can you believe it? I spent my teenage years trying to high tail my way downtown to avoid this mall, and now that I’m in the city, I find myself driving back there. Sheesh.) If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed this latest post…

Seeing Red

Honestly (and somewhat embarrassingly) when I got to their bold and bright front entrance, I was bubbling with excitement. Would it live up to expectations?

First off, as soon as I walked in, I was greeted with rows and rows of awesome natural and organic creams, shampoos, soaps, sprays…

Natural products

Let me tell you, I was impressed. If ever you’re wondering what all the fuss is over the natural product trend, read this article, The Dirty Dozen, from the David Suzuki Foundation and you’ll see why I try to go as natural as I can. Sometimes I wonder if beauty products will be the next asbestos or cigarettes with all their carcinogens…


Laden with a few new bottles of conditioner and exfoliant, I made my way to the stationary aisle, a close second favourite of mine after furnishings. They have a wonderful array of colourful notebooks, binders, organizing supplies… Even pretty wrapping paper for cheap!

Line a drawer with wrapping paper Wouldn’t some of those be make some lovely drawer linings?

Once in the home furnishing section and was positively gleeful! Their merchandise is gorgeous! In one aisle, I heard clamouring footsteps. I turned to see a little boy running frantically and screaming hysterically

“Muma! Muma! Muma! THEY HAVE IT!”

and thrust a toy box into her hands. All that to say, I understood how he felt. 

More than a few lovely white ceramic lamp bases…

Pretty white lamps

Though clearly not organic, I thought these soap dispensers could add a nice touch to a boring kitchen sink:

Lovely soap canisters

Baskets, baskets, baskets. So functional yet so pretty. I can’t get enough.

Pretty woven storage baskets

They were also rocking the gold trend with brass lantern candle holders,

Gold cage candle holders

sunburst mirrors,

Brass mirrors

and animal figurines!

Brass animal figurines

If you can’t really see how these could work and need some inspiration, check out how Dana from House*Tweaking decorated her coffee table a few weeks ago…


(Do I spend too much time perusing blogs? Maybe?)

And… what got me most excited…

Cheap pulls

All their knobs and pulls, the cheapest I’ve seen them at! Even cheaper than Ikea. Plus, their standard sizing (unlike Ikea pulls), so I’ll be updating my kitchen with new pulls in the next few days… Check back later this week for the reveal!

After spending far too long in the store, I’d say it’s a bit of a cross between Walmart and Crate and Barrel You can get some great deals but you’ll also find some gorgeous contemporary furnishings (like patterns and colours that are actually trendy and what you want to buy!) though some were a bit steeper than I was expecting. All in all, I loved it. I’ll definitely be out there again sometime soon!

What do you think of Target? Really all it’s cracked up to be? Or would you rather shop at a store from your own country?

Target didn’t sponsor this post; I just thought it would be fun to share my thoughts with you all. All opinions are 100% my own!